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Your copy of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register with all the pilots' signatures and helpful cross-references to pilots and their aircraft is available at the link. 375 pages with black & white photographs and extensive tables

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The Congress of Ghosts (available as eBook) is an anniversary celebration for 2010.  It is an historical biography, that celebrates the 5th year online of www.dmairfield.org and the 10th year of effort on the project dedicated to analyze and exhibit the history embodied in the Register of the Davis-Monthan Airfield, Tucson, AZ. This book includes over thirty people, aircraft and events that swirled through Tucson between 1925 and 1936. It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders. Order your copy at the link.

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Military Aircraft of the Davis Monthan Register, 1925-1936 is available at the link. This book describes and illustrates with black & white photographs the majority of military aircraft that landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield between 1925 and 1936. The book includes biographies of some of the pilots who flew the aircraft to Tucson as well as extensive listings of all the pilots and airplanes. Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author, while supplies last.

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Art Goebel's Own Story by Art Goebel (edited by G.W. Hyatt) is written in language that expands for us his life as a Golden Age aviation entrepreneur, who used his aviation exploits to build a business around his passion.  Available as a free download at the link.

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Winners' Viewpoints: The Great 1927 Trans-Pacific Dole Race (available as eBook) is available at the link. This book describes and illustrates with black & white photographs the majority of military aircraft that landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield between 1925 and 1936. The book includes biographies of some of the pilots who flew the aircraft to Tucson as well as extensive listings of all the pilots and airplanes. Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author, while supplies last.

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Clover Field: The first Century of Aviation in the Golden State (available in paperback) With the 100th anniversary in 2017 of the use of Clover Field as a place to land aircraft in Santa Monica, this book celebrates that use by exploring some of the people and aircraft that made the airport great. 281 pages, black & white photographs.

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JAMES B. DICKSON

 

J.B. Dickson, Ca. 1932 (Source: Kalina)
J.B. Dickson, Ca. 1932 (Source: Kalina)

 

James Dickson holds a record of sorts for being the most frequent signer of three of the Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. airfield Registers. He signed the Clover Field Register four times, Davis-Monthan eight times, and the Peterson Field Register six times. Why?

He was the personal pilot for a west coast land developer named Harry Culver (Culver City, CA is named after him). Culver was an early adopter of aviation for business purposes. Culver served about a year as the president of the National Association of Real Estate Boards and was an active campaigner for Herbert Hoover. In both of those capacities he logged thousands of air miles and made a name for himself promoting flight. Dickson was his pilot as they moved from state to state for campaigning, and from real estate deal to real estate deal.

During June-July, 1932 he attempted a couple of transcontinental records. One he failed to break by 19 minutes, but he did claim a record for flying distance (2,480 miles) in one day between sunrise and sunset. Please direct your browser to Dickson's biography page on the Davis-Monthan Register Web site for details of this and other adventures.

Besides working for Culver, Dickson flew for Hal Roach Studios, producer of the Laurel & Hardy films of the 1930s. The Lockheed Orion he flew for the Studios became his downfall when he crashed it in Africa during a round-the-world voyage. Dickson was killed and motion picture magnate Arthur Loew was injured.

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